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May is a busy month for Ashland parks staff

This month has been especially busy for the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission.

We hosted Rogue Valley Bird Day May 11, the Southern Oregon Tree Climbing Competition May 11, the Ashland World Music Festival from May 16 to 19, the Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool seasonal opening May 20, the Summer Community PlayGuide was mailed May 9 to all Ashland and Talent residents, and Silent Disco in the Park (Lithia Park) kicked off May 3 (it continues the first Friday of every month through October).

All of this happened in the midst of offering two public surveys:

Vote for your top five movies for Movies in the Park this Summer! (closed May 15); and Provide feedback on the Draft Lithia Park Master Plan, ashland.or.us/LithiaParkMasterPlan (closes May 31).

Much of this is not possible without our community partners and sponsors, and we acknowledge you.

2019 Rogue Valley Bird Day sponsors included Klamath Bird Observatory, Rogue Valley Audubon Society, Jefferson Public Radio, Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, and Watchable Wildlife.

The event takes place every May at North Mountain Park and is the local celebration of migratory birds and the journey these birds make between wintering and breeding grounds. The event is free for all ages and features a popular bird-calling contest. Learn more at RogueVallyBirdDay.net.

2019 Ashland World Music Festival sponsors included Rogue World Music, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, KDA Homes, Hilltop Music Shop, Harfst and Associates, Inc., Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, Evergreen Federal Bank, Adroit Construction Company, Inc., Full Circle Real Estate, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Solid Ground Landscape, Inc., Hemp Inc., The Valley 106.3, Carlos Delgado Architect, Jones Family Dental, Britt Festival, KDP Certified Public Accountants, LLP, Integrity Building Contractors, Ashland Fiber Network, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Jefferson Public Radio, Sneak Preview, and Southern Oregon Printing.

This event is also free, and with the help of Rogue World Music has evolved into a multiday festival. The main event is always on a Saturday at the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park, with live music, dance and food from around the world — all with a cultural flair and the goal of creating connection through the celebration and experience of world music. Learn more at RogueWorldMusic.org/concerts.

Other events we host each year have sponsorship opportunities, including:

Rogue Valley Community Bike Swap in April

4th of July Run

Bear Creek Salmon Festival in October

First Frost at the Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink in November

Besides advertising through these events, local organizations and businesses can advertise at our facilities: Daniel Meyer Memorial Pool, Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink and Ashland Senior Center.

If you haven’t received your 2019 Summer Community PlayGuide in the mail, reach out to APRC at ParksInfo@ashland.or.us or 541-488-5340. Digital guides can be viewed online at AshlandParksandRec.org.

Sponsors of the PlayGuide include Ashland Tennis & Fitness Club, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Locals Guide, Southern Oregon Family, Medford Parks & Recreation, Central Point Parks & Recreation, Britt Festival.

You may have noticed the many local businesses and organizations who advertised in our 2019 Advertisers in the PlayGuide include Southern Oregon University Outdoor Program, Ashland Fiber Network, United States Tennis Association, and RecTennis.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our events or facilities, or have a desire to advertise with us, reach out to me at dorinda.cottle@ashland.or.us, 541-552-2265, or see ashland.or.us/AdvertiseSponsor. Planning is underway for the fall PlayGuide, and the deadline to advertise is quickly approaching. The fall guide will come out in September and carry us through to December.

Check out our website, AshlandParksandRec.org, to see what we have rolling out next month. We can be reached also at Facebook.com/AshlandParksandRec, ParksInfo@ashland.or.us, and by calling 541-488-5340. Be sure to use the hashtags #AshlandParksandRec #APRC #AshlandWhatToDo.